Bennett College recently announced that they may be closing their doors after 145 years due to financial woes. They are now facing the challenge of raising $5 million before February 1st. Fortunately, their calls for help are not going unheard. Papa John’s has just made a hefty donation to help the all- women’s college keep their doors open.
The pizza business has donated $500,000 to the historically black college. With this donation, Bennett is now at 45 percent of their goal.
“We’re grateful and excited that The Papa John’s Foundation is choosing to support the protection of our College’s legacy as well as reignite the conversation around the importance of supporting diverse institutions around the country,” Bennett President Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins said in a statement. “Together, we hope to champion the continuing development of young women of color across the country.”
Papa John’s found themselves in a bit of controversy last year after blaming their low sales on the NFL protest, which was followed by their CEO John Schnatter resigning after getting caught using the N-word. This donation was made under new CEO Steve Ritchie, most likely in hopes of redeeming themselves after such an incident.
“This campaign is about more than giving dollars; it’s about helping Bennett College continue educating the next generation of black female leaders,” Victoria Russell, Papa John’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer said. “We’re thrilled to provide this support towards Bennett’s fundraising goal and encourage others to do the same.”
Bennett College also lost their accreditation because of their financial hardships.
Other donations have come from black fraternities and sororities, churches and alumni. If you would like to donate, visit bennett.edu/donate.